"No rest for the wicked," as the phrase goes. That's just what happened to Red Bull Racing driver and three-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel. Less than 24 hours after he took second place at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix, Vettel was at the Paul Ricard Circuit evaluating the latest Infiniti road cars and their competitors in his role as the car brand's "Director of Performance."
"Sebastian's role as Director of Performance is significant in providing input to the team, and we are very excited to be working closely with him," said Luis Bravo, who leads Infiniti's customer-oriented engineering and vehicle target setting in Europe. "Today was a great opportunity to dive into what Sebastian Vettel wants and expects from a premium, performance road car since he has officially taken his new role. We'll be able to take his critical evaluation into account as we develop the driving and performance attributes of Infiniti's next-generation Q cars."
Bravo's team of engineers spent several hours with Vettel, hearing directly from the world champion his views on important vehicle attributes like handling, steering feel and response, vehicle agility and ride comfort.
"As new Infiniti cars are created, it is really important for us to develop them with their own consistent driving style, so it has been really useful to be able to drive so many cars hard and back-to-back on the same track," said Vettel. "Similar to Formula 1 cars, it's interesting to feel how different cars are configured for steering response and braking, as well as driver assistance features like ESP and traction control. Getting these things right is what makes a good car great."
According to Infiniti, Vettel's test session at the Paul Ricard Circuit "will directly influence future Infiniti models."